Valentines Day Cake: Chocolate Box Cake – 2 ways – Red Velvet Cake

4. February 2021

Prep time: 3 hours

Serves: 12-20

Looking for a happy Valentine’s day gift for him or for her? This Valentines Day Cake Idea Chocolate Box Cake is definitely an extraordinary present idea. Additionally, it is so much fun to bake! If you now think it is way to complicated to bake this happy Valentine Day cake design, no worries, I got you covered, as I have an easy alternative, where no baking is needed. Just follow me along!

Best Valentines Day Cake Design: Chocolate Box Cake

There are many Valentines Day gift ideas, some may think about Valentine’s Day flowers or Valentine’s Day chocolates. I got hooked on the last idea, creating a chocolate box cake recipe, which looks like a giant box of chocolates, but tastes like a homemade red velvet cake! Out of so many Valentines Day Cake ideas, I wanted to create the best Valentine’s Day chocolate box cake recipe. How to make a Valentine Day special cake?

  • Red Velvet Cake: first, I will take you along how to bake the best red velvet cake from scratch!
  • Cream Cheese Frosting: for the Valentines Day Cake flavors we have the silky, moist red velvet cake with a hint of vanilla and the original cream cheese frosting cannot be missing
  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: for these chocolate box cake ideas, we want to make the cake look like chocolates. Thus, we take part of the cream cheese frosting and mix it with melted chocolate to have a chocolate cream cheese frosting to cover the happy Valentine cake with it
  • Chocolate Ganache: there are plenty of Valentines Day cake decorating ideas, but I want to have a beautiful Valentines cake design. With the chocolate ganache we create a layer on top of the red velvet cake to have a flat and even ground to put our chocolates in.
  • Chocolate: for the Valentine’s Day Cake boxes we cut out parchment paper sheets and cover it with chocolate and lay it on the sides of the cake, once cooled it will look like a perfect box of chocolates and for the cover we simply spread out chocolate, cut it in shape and decorate it with white chocolate
  • Valentine Day Candy: as the cake will be covered in chocolate all in different shades of brown, something colorful is needed, so we use chocolate covered strawberries as Valentine’s Day candy and chocolates of course

ALTERNATIVE: If you love this chocolates box look, but you’re not in the mood of baking, I have a shortcut for you! Buy a rectangle shaped cake in the supermarket, cut off the top, scrape out the cake, cover in chocolate and fill with chocolates!

Homemade Red Velvet Cake Recipe

The best Valentine Day Cake ideas are baked with red velvet cake! I created an easy red velvet cake recipe original, which baked so fast and contains the original vanilla with a hint of chocolate red velvet flavor. Not only the flavor is the highlight, but also the red velvet cake design, as it is red, which perfectly fits to all those Valentine’s Day cake recipes. Red velvet cake designs for birthday are also perfectly fitting and definitely a good idea.

What icing goes with red velvet cake? Very easy, classic cream cheese frosting! I have created a super easy recipe with only four ingredients, mainly consisting of cream cheese, a bit of butter and powdered sugar with a dash of lemon juice!

Happy Mothers Day Cake Ideas

This Valentine Day cake gift is definitely a fitting Valentines gift for her, but it can also be a valentines gift for him romantic. Besides all the happy Valentine gift ideas, this Chocolate Box Cake can be perfectly used for happy Mother’s Day gift ideas. With those valentines cake ideas you can it two birds with one stone and simply add it to your Mothers Day presents. When running out of Mother’s Day ideas, this surely a gift she never received! Bring your Mothers Day gifts to the next level with this Valentines Day cake.

Print Recipe

Chocolate Box Cake

  • Preparation time: 3 hours
  • Servings: 12-20



  • 2 1/2 cup (300g) cream cheese, (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) butter, (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup (30g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (50g) dark chocolate

Red Velvet Cake

  • 1/3 cup (75g) butter, (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla (sugar)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg, (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp apple vinegar
  • 1 cup (130g) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp dark cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp red food coloring

Strawberries & Chocolates (also for the store bought cake)

  • 1 cup (200g) strawberries
  • 7 oz (150g) chocolates
  • 1/3 cup (50g) dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp (15g) coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup (50g) white chocolate
  • 2 cup (300g) dark chocolate

Chocolate sides & cover (lid)

  • 2 2/3 cup (400g) dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (100ml) heavy cream



    1. Add the cream cheese (room temperature), butter (room temperature), powdered sugar and lemon juice to a bowl and whisk only until smooth.
    2. Melt 1/3 cup (50g) of dark chocolate and quickly mix together with a little less than 1/2 of the cream cheese frosting.
    3. Cool the cream cheese frosting and the chocolate cream cheese frosting for about an hour.

Red Velvet Cake

    1. Whip the butter (room temperature) until it becomes light and fluffy, add the sugar, salt and vanilla and beat until the butter mixture becomes a bit lighter.
    2. Whip in the egg (room temperature) and mix until well combined. Mix together the flour, baking powder and cacao powder and add to the cake batter together with the apple vinegar and buttermilk.
    3. Add as much red food coloring until it becomes a nice dark red.
    4. Layout the 15x15cm (6×6 inch) squared cake pan with parchment paper and fill the cake batter and bake at 160°C (320°F) for about 25-30 minutes. Let cool down.
    5. Cut the red velvet cake once horizontal. Spread the cream cheese frosting on the red velvet cake and lay the second layer on top. Cover the cake with the chocolate cream cheese frosting. Cool the cake in the fridge.

Strawberries & Chocolates (also for the store bought cake)

    1. Wash and dry the strawberries, put them in the freezer.
    2. Meanwhile melt 1/3 cup (50g) dark chocolate and add 1 tbsp (15g) of coconut oil and the cooled strawberries in it. This way the chocolate will harden faster.
    3. Melt 1/3 cup (50g) of white chocolate, fill into a piping bag and drizzle over the strawberries and the chocolates. Cool in the fridge.

Chocolate sides & cover (lid)

    1. Measure the sides and height of your cake. According to that cut out four times the length x height (+ 1cm / 0.4 inch) parchment paper pieces. In my case: 2x 14.5cm x 5cm (4cm height + 1cm) and 2x 18cm x 5cm (4cm height + 1cm).
    2. Melt 2 2/3 cup (400g) of milk chocolate and spread about ½ of the milk chocolate on these four parchment paper pieces. Lay each parchment paper with the chocolate side on one side of the cake. Put it back into the fridge and cool.
    3. Use the remaining ¼ of the melted milk chocolate and pour hot heavy cream on it and gently mix until it becomes a perfect chocolate ganache. Pour on the cooled cake and spread it out evenly. The chocolate sides of the cake should be a bit higher than the cake itself. Let cool in the fridge. Decorate with the chocolate covered strawberries and chocolates, top with the chocolate cover.
    4. Use ¼ of the melted milk chocolate and pour hot heavy cream on it and gently mix until it becomes a perfect chocolate ganache. Pour on the cooled cake and spread it out evenly. The chocolate sides should be a bit higher than the cake itself. Let cool in the fridge.
    5. With ¼ of the milk chocolate spread out a 15x15cm (6×6 inch) square, which will be the cover of the cake, you can spread it out a bit larger and cut it afterwards. Let cool in the fridge. Use a bit of the remaining white chocolate to decorate a bow on it, let cool again.
    6. Boil water, put it in a high bowl, place a long knife in it to absorb the heat. Take the knife out of the water, dry it and cut the chocolate cover into shape, this way the chocolate will easily melt away without breaking. Cool again.

Store bought cake:

    1. Cool the cake for a couple of hours. Cut off the top. Cut a rectangle into the cake and scrape out the cake.
    2. Melt 2/3 cup (100g) of milk or dark chocolate, cover the entire cake with chocolate and let cool.
    3. Melt 1/3 cup (50g) of white chocolate, fill into a piping bag and draw a bow onto the cake top and the cake so it looks like a present. Cool in the fridge and fill with chocolates and chocolate covered strawberries.

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